Kylie Jenner’s Lip Products

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It’s no secret that in the last 3-4 months I’ve fallen victim to Kylie-Jenner-Lips-Mania. Dubbed “Lip-Gate” by those who swear she has gotten lip fillers despite her family’s adamant denial (she’s only 16! they cry), I happen to agree with the sentiment – there’s no way this girl’s lip plumping is just attributed to makeup. Lip liners are great, but they aren’t capable of supernatural powers.

Magic aside, she has a strong 90’s lip vibe going on which I can totally relate to–since I actually am a child of the 90’s. It’s that spicy-brown-mauve-matte look that is so cool. Mind you, this isn’t “your lips but better”. This is full on browny rosey nude.  Now, I have naturally “medium” lips, I would say. Not super thin, but not luscious either. I love the look of bigger lips but won’t get lip injections (“yet,” she hedges), so this technique is something I have tended to employ lately.Read & Comment →

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte

I’ll be the first to admit that I fall for hype nine times out of 10. But this is one instance where I didn’t fall into the hype, and I’m so eating my words right now. NARS Audacious lipsticks are a new range of hyper-pigmented, creamy, satin finish lipsticks that are utterly amazeballs. Click for pics and swatches and where to purchase!Read & Comment →

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow

I’m relatively new to the Josie Maran color range, although I have been a fan of Josie’s for many years. In fact (*tangent alert!*), Josie Maran was the first legitimately famous person that ever followed me back on Twitter. This was back in the day before she launched her eponymous beauty range. I was, in a word, starstruck.

Fast forward several years later, and she has grown a hugely successful company, pioneered the use of Argan oil (now a household term), and she’s brought out a makeup line. What a woman! 

I decided to try out her Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadows after being madly in love with the swatches I’ve seen on YouTube (Ashley, I blame you!). I bought no less than four shadows (there are a total of 6 in the range). These are simply stunning. Hydrating with real coconut water, argan-infused pigments mix to create a metallic sheen unlike any other. Read & Comment →

Everyday Autumn Makeup

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Hey everyone! Today I’m sharing my everyday autumnal makeup look. It’s simple, quick, and easy-peasy. The best part is that the eye look appears to be much trickier than it actually is. So it looks like you spent way more time on it than you actually did. Which is something I like.

Click for the full tutorial below!Read & Comment →

Fall Fashion & Beauty Haul

I love haul videos – they make me so excited to watch and get me raring to shop. Ironically, many of my hauls are the direct result of watching other people’s haul videos on YouTube. (A haul video is one in which a person shares their recent shopping finds and splurges.)

Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy! Please subscribe for more (free) videos. Click on for product links and prices!Read & Comment →

My Morning Skincare Routine

Hello everyone! Today I’m excited to share my updated morning skincare routine with you. This was a doozy to film (confession: I filmed it twice!) but ultimately I wanted to share how effective the new La Roche-Posay Effaclar Acne Treatment System has been working for me. I love 3-step systems that have active ingredients in every step–so I don’t feel like I’m doing nothing half the time. Even the gel cleanser has some pretty great active ingredients! Bottom line: I’m impressed.

Avoid this system if you have very dry or flaky skin – or at the very least, start slow, maybe 3 times per week. Then build up gradually. This kit is designed for the acne-prone, so if you don’t get spots, this may not be the kit for you. (La Roche-Posay has some seriously great skincare products–even those designed for Rosacea!)

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A World Without Erik

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It seems odd, really. You think you’ll be with your siblings until the end…Long after your parents have moved on to Heaven, even longer after our grandparents have left this earth. What you don’t expect is to lose the bond of unconditional love (or as I like to call it, unconditional tolerance) known as siblinghood. Read & Comment →

September Favorites

Hey guys! I cannot believe September is (nearly) over and we’re officially head-on into Autumn. I had a beautiful month of favorites, y’all. I (re-)discovered my favorite foundation, I’ve fallen in love with a new lip combo, and on the same day that the iPhone 6 was announced, I found out that I passed my board exam for Anesthesiology. What a spectacular month!

This month’s favorites video has some snazz and pizazz added–thanks to an investment in Final Cut Pro (gulp!). I hope you enjoy!

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Leave me a comment if you’ve read this far, incorporating the phrase, “I love cottage cheese too!” (Or you can just tell me what you’ve been loving this past month…)

iPhone 6 Plus Review

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Hello guys and gals! She is here and she is all mine! My iPhone 6 Plus arrived at my doorstep at 5pm on Sep 19th and I immediately fell in love. In the week following the announcement and the preorder, I found myself obsessively checking YouTube videos for reviews and “hands on” first impressions of the iPhone 6 Plus. However, I couldn’t visualize how the iPhone 6 Plus would look because every single review featured a male reviewer, and most men’s hands are larger than my own of the teeny-tiny, child-like variety.Read & Comment →